Real life encounters

Today was “meet the wildlife” in the backyard:  first deer, then turkeys, then both foxes made an appearance.  You can imagine my excitement, as I watched the action out the windows of the second story four-season porch about 50 feet away.

Tom Turkey was happily feeding on spilled seed under the bird feeder when one of the foxes poked its head up over the edge of the hill.

Tom Turkey was about 15 feet in front of the fox at this point.  With the mega lens on the camera, I couldn't get both of them in the photo at the same time.

Tom Turkey was about 20 feet in front of the fox at this point. With the big telephoto lens on the camera, I couldn’t get both of them in the photo at the same time.

Tom ran off into the front yard, but the fox stayed and got comfortable in the grass.

red fox

red fox

As I was snapping photos of this one, another fox head popped into view, and suddenly there were both foxes lounging in the grass.

Interesting that the (first) fox on the left immediately assumed a submissive posture when the (second) fox on the right showed up.

Interesting that the (first) fox on the left immediately assumed a submissive down posture when the (second) fox on the right showed up.

They did a little meet and greet, there was some smelling of body parts involved, but nothing else.

red fox

red fox

And then fox #2 explored the area under the bird feeder — where chipmunks and squirrels had recently been foraging.  Unlike fox #1, this second fox was very wary and kept its eyes focused on me the whole time.

red fox

Neither fox seemed in a hurry to leave or to search for food, so perhaps they just ate a big meal and were looking to relax.

Neither fox seemed in a hurry to leave or to search for food, so perhaps they just ate a big meal and were looking to relax.

This is a photo dream come true — getting up close and personal with these beautiful animals.

10 thoughts on “Real life encounters

  1. Amazing photos! I know how happy I would be to get them and I can imagine how it must have been for you to see first hand these beautiful animals interacting like that. Congratulations on some wonderful photography!

    • Yes, they are. I am not sure where the kits went, but I know that when they get old enough to hunt on their own, the parents probably drive them out of their territory.

  2. Thanks, Mike. Who would have thought there was so much wildlife in suburbia. I have lived here for 28 years and never realized the rich diversity that was here.

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